Tag: AR

Time well spent

Tuesday, 29 November, 2016 0 Comments

Award-winning storyteller, filmmaker, poet and media strategist Max Stossel is concerned about where the Attention Economy is headed. Exhausted by endless screen-time, he’s calling for a debate about “values”. Max asks: “What if news & media companies were creating content that enriched our lives, vs. catering to our most base instincts for clicks? What if social platforms were designed to help us create our ideal social lives, instead of to maximize ‘likes’? What if dating apps measured success in how well they helped us find what we’re looking for instead of in # of swipes?”

With AR, VR and AI about to radically change the ways in which we’re entertained, Max Stossel and friends have started Time Well Spent to “align technology with our humanity.” Max and his pals mean well, no doubt, but they’ve helped create the problem and one more website, no matter how clever the title or noble goal, is just another website. Still, that dancing panda is so cute, isn’t it?


Google AR and VR: Tango and Daydream

Monday, 7 November, 2016 0 Comments

November is going to be big for Google’s AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) initiatives. Daydream is being promoted as “Simple, high quality virtual reality” and the accompanying headset is made with “lightweight fabric, inspired by what you wear.” The AR system, Tango, which uses computer vision to enable smartphones to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS, is now available on Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro phone. With Tango, app developers can create experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D mapping and physical space measurement.

Example: iStaging for Tango. Blurb: “Use augmented reality to combine your favorite home furnishings. Create the decoration of your dreams for your home. And get social — take pictures of your own interior designs and share them with your friends.”